Describe the potential effects of discriminatory practice on those who use health or social care services.
Marie is an 18 year old girl who lost the use of her legs when a tragic car accident left her paralysed. Marie is now permanently wheelchair bound and relies on the help of her mum at home. Sometimes the stress of being in a wheelchair gets Marie down because she can’t do the things that her friends are doing. Marie has restricted opportunities and this can sometimes trigger aggression, this often happens with her mum and Marie’s lashes out when she can not do things for herself.
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The hospital should always make sure Marie’s appointments are on the ground floor, if possible, just in case the lifts have broken down and wheelchair users are unable to use them. Marie could be using social services to give her mum a break from looking after her, If the social worker failed to turn up to her home to look after her Marie would feel let down and restricted to just being in her house. This would also let her mum down as her mum would have to cancel any plans that she had made and she wouldn’t be getting any time to herself. Both Marie and her mum would need time apart from each other as they would start to argue a lot if they didn’t spend time apart as Marie’s mum is her permanent carer. If a social worker is unable to turn up to an appointment then someone else should be there to stand in and if not someone should have phoned Marie’s mum to make this known to them. If Marie had an appointment to help her exercise and the nurse/doctor was rude towards Marie when she couldn’t do certain things, this would be discrimination against Marie because she has a physical disability. Not only would this make Marie feel low about herself it would also affect the relationship with her mum as she tends to become aggressive with her mum when she cannot do things for herself. The health and social care staff should be encouraging Marie and not putting her down. If she isn’t particularly great at something they should just push her more and not point out her mistakes and praise her for every little thing she does.
Marie should not feel let down by health and social care services and feel encouraged by them. All equipment should be in place by the services and ready for people who have disabilities to use them. Marie should feel she has support and not feel restricted to using certain services because they have the equipment in place. Health and social services should make sure their services are to an excellent standard and everyone who uses them are happy with their experience.
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